Frequently Asked Questions

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Q & A 

Will students and employees wear masks?

Yes. All students and employees will need to wear a mask. A proper mask needs to cover the nose and mouth without sliding below the nose. Students and employees must provide their own mask. Students will be provided a lanyard to attach their mask, as not to drop or lose it during times when masks may be removed such as times where social distancing is possible and when eating meals. We ask parents to find a mask that fits their child and practice proper mask application prior to school starting. Masks need to be washed daily.

Will the school be social distancing?

While not always possible in a school setting, every effort will be made to spread desks apart and keep students together with their classroom cohort. Markers have been placed in hallways to designate 6-feet separation between students. Students will use their own school supplies, but at times when supplies or technology must be shared, the items will be cleaned between each use.

Will there be hand sanitizer?

There will be hand sanitizer available in classrooms and other locations throughout the buildings. Students may also bring their own bottle to use. 

What will the buses be like?

Students must wear their mask while on the bus. Buses will be sanitized between routes. If you are able to take your children to school via personal vehicle, this will help decrease our busload.

Will there be elementary recess?

Yes. Only one classroom cohort will be allowed on the playground at a time.

Will elementary students have art, music, and PE?

Yes. How this will look may vary from building to building. Cleaning will also occur on any shared supplies between classes.

What happens if a child or staff member gets sick?

We ask that parents check temperatures at home before sending students to school. It is important that parents do not send children to school that do not feel well. School employees will watch for signs of illness and send any child who may exhibit illness to the school nurse immediately. Any student or staff member who has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be sent home and must remain home until he/she is fever-free for at least 72 hours without using fever-reducing medicine and does not exhibit other symptoms.

What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

Should a school learn of a positive case, the Mississippi State Health Department has provided guidance to the district on next steps, including communication to those who may have had contact with the person who tested positive. If a short-term closure is recommended, Virtual Learning will take place for students.

What about field trips?

There will be no field trips until further notice.

What about students with special needs or special health considerations?

Families whose students have Individualized Education Plans should talk with their child’s teacher about any possible changes due to updated COVID-19 protocols. Families whose students have health plans or 504 plans should also talk with the school if there are any changes that need to take place due to updated COVID-19 protocols.

What about visitors?

We will not allow visitors to our schools, classrooms or cafeterias at this time. Parents who need to bring items to school or pick up their child will only be able to come into the school’s office and no other part of the building. Parents/guardians will be temperature checked and must wear a mask when entering the school.

Will athletic competitions be played?

Athletic and activities competitions will be held in accordance with guidance from the Mississippi High School Activities Association. 

Will the district provide technology to students who don’t have devices?

Yes, all K-12 students will receive a device. Devices must be signed out from the schools by a parent. 

Do students still have to wear school uniforms?

Yes. The school uniform policy is still in place. 

Will students’ temperatures be checked before loading the bus in the morning?

No, due to the fact that students cannot be left alone at bus stops where there may not be a parent present.

If a teacher tests positive will the students be required to quarantine for 10 days and if so, how does that impact attendance?

We will follow the guidance of the Mississippi State Health Department should a positive case be reported.

Will students still participate on GOAL?

Yes. The schedule will be determined by the building principal.



Contact Information

Central Office
Laurel High
Laurel Middle
Laurel Upper
Laurel Education Center
Laurel Magnet
Mason Elementary
Oak Park Elementary

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